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    Bass Pro in Springfield - worth a stop to look around!

    Laura, Billy, and I Took a quick flight to Springfield, Mo yesterday to have lunch with an old friend from CT & TX who was in the area. After lunch, we stopped in the Bass Pro headquarters for about two hours - which is not anywhere near enough time! I don't have stock in this outfit, but if you are ever in the area it is truly a destination in itself - we did not even buy anything!

    The level of detail in this place - from looking at the "underwater" ceiling and seeing boat bottoms and ducks feet sticking down, to the totally amazing NRA gun museum & Archery hall of fame is out of this world. The giant led screen outside projects images from the many live aquariums inside featuring, fish, turtles, and even alligators. As I said - don't plan to see it in two hours.

    We did not eat there but hear the restaurants are quite good as well. In fact, in the older original location, the restaurant was nearly impossible to get into.

    The "story" behind Bass Pro is a good one as well - click here


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    The bridge to the fishing / boating area. There were about two hundred fishing reels on display in one section. Too many choices for this simple mind!

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    I could not bear to look at some of the big stuffed animals - this guy was taken with a bow.

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    a not so grand picture of the grand entrance
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    Our friend Bill (being from Texas) wanted to make sure Laura got an Armadillo. This one is quite thirsty.

    sj

    P.S. We fly into 3DW and go to Springfield Flying Service at the end of the runway. Great place with great folks, reasonable fuel prices, and a I believe a courtesy car - although we have never used it.
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    No airplane hanging from the overhead?
    I've heard that some of the Bass Pro Shops have those.
    It seems to be kind of a standard thing for Cabelas.
    The store in Marysville WA doesn't have one, but when I went into the first Cabelas store in Washington (Lacey)
    just after they first opened about 10 years ago, there was a J3 with bushwheels hanging above the foyer just inside the entryway.
    The guy at the door told me "that's a mock-up", but I didn't think so.
    The giveaway was that it was painted about 3 different shades of "Cub Yellow"- just like a lot of real Cubs I've seen.
    I looked up the tail number later & it showed as a J3 registered in NY.
    They had it rigged somehow with an electric motor so that the prop turned all the time.
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    The Bass Pro in my area has a very beat up looking Cessna 120 hanging from the ceiling. What is most irritating about it is the prop is turning backwards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod180 View Post
    No airplane hanging from the overhead?
    There might be! Im not sure we saw everything!
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    I was in Branson to a conference a couple years ago and went to Bass Pro to kill a couple hours before the plane left. Sure is amazing. I got a cup of coffee at one of the cafes inside, and the elderly lady running it said her claim to fame is she used to work in the liquor store when Johnny sold his stuff there. She said the Morris family were great to work for

    the only thing I wondered was if you could magically make all the stuff made in China disappear from the store for 1 minute, what would be left? There's a lot of it but that's a different story

    jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouter View Post
    I was in Branson to a conference a couple years ago and went to Bass Pro to kill a couple hours before the plane left. Sure is amazing. I got a cup of coffee at one of the cafes inside, and the elderly lady running it said her claim to fame is she used to work in the liquor store when Johnny sold his stuff there. She said the Morris family were great to work for

    the only thing I wondered was if you could magically make all the stuff made in China disappear from the store for 1 minute, what would be left? There's a lot of it but that's a different story

    jim
    Jim,
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    The dept of war told me last night over a righteous margarita that Sport Cub, X Cub
    there the same thing, the only thing I can buy is a pulled pork sandwich for you.
    It was all downhill from there there. I might need your management skills at some point

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    The BP in Memphis, now in the refurbished "Pyramid" has an indoor lake with all their boats in the water, not on trailers. The one north of Atlanta does have a PA 18 handing from the ceiling.

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    What about those headlamps? Did they have a gyn section with headlamps???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scouter View Post
    The dept of war told me last night over a righteous margarita that Sport Cub, X Cub
    there the same thing, the only thing I can buy is a pulled pork sandwich for you.
    It was all downhill from there there. I might need your management skills at some point

    iim
    Time for a New War Dept !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindOnHisNose View Post
    What about those headlamps? Did they have a gyn section with headlamps???


    Turns out they do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph206 View Post
    Time for a New War Dept !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    He's got a keeper Joe.
    Might be able to sneak a mistrex-cub on the side though!

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    It's their flagship/headquarters/first store. They put a lot of effort into that one. The gun museum is my favorite. Pretty cool to have lunch in front of a monster aquarium too. Never enough time to see it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post


    Turns out they do!

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    Randy, I noticed that the certified GYN headlamp has a lumen power setting from 1 to 10. I'm guessing that's a user guide # for the 1 to 10 female scale we have been using for years?

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